News - October 2018
I go through waves when it
comes to time with my camera around my neck. Sometimes, coming up with ideas
feels like pushing a semi that’s got the parking brake stuck. Other times, I
can’t shoot fast enough to capture all that’s running through my head. Truth be
told, it’s the same with my writing and sometimes even my sermon prep, but I
Lately, the wave has been
flowing in the right direction. So right in fact, I was able to derail a train
over it (but that’s a tale for another entry!). With each positive wave, I
experiment and learn more about this little niche of creative outlet.
One thing that often gets my
creativity flowing is changing my position, usually by getting down on the
ground. It is wild how different things look when you are shooting UP at a
bunch of kids on a wagon. Or shooting Canandaigua Lake (which, no offense,
doesn’t have the most interesting backdrop) through the weeds interspersed in
the rocks. I admit, it gets tricky when the dog is running full speed at you,
but when the shot comes out, it’s very neat!
Why do I write about my geek
side and expect you to read this far down the page? Because EVERYTHING looks
different when you see it from a unique perspective. We all view the world
through our own lens (no pun intended). Our history, our experience, our values
or biases. This isn’t a good thing or bad thing – it just a thing thing. What
if we could see the day to day stuff from a different point of view as easily
as looking up or looking down?
What if we could hear our kids
or grandkids tell us of playground drama and think not “there’s bigger problems
in the world than sharing toys”, but remembering what it was like to be 7 years
old and hear a friend say, “I don’t want to play with you”?
What if we could read the Good
Samaritan story and imagine what was running through the priest or Levite’s
mind as they walked by (I promise, it’s not blasphemous to give them their day
in court)? It helps beat mental inertia – as thinking what we have always
thought and doing what we have always done rarely leads to growth.
Your thoughts and opinions may
remain the same. I don’t mean this to sound like “change is good just because
it’s novel”. But the next time I walk around Kershaw Park, I’ll have to
consider what I learned by getting low – that God can make even weeds have
their place…that a bee is pretty cool to watch among a bed of flowers…that
there’s no such thing as “same old” when you are willing to try a new
perspective for a while.
Give it a shot!